Hello To All,
I find that my recent posts all begin with the phrase, “I haven’t written in a while…” When I started this blog I was newly diagnosed with Lyme Disease and I felt hopeful and confident that I would make a full recovery. Four and a half years later I’m still struggling, although a number of debilitating symptoms have improved. I ask myself, why do I still blog? What do I have to offer people except an ongoing experiment that may or may not fully work? I guess that I write for myself to chronicle the process, to help process my feelings, and clarify my thoughts on how to move forward. Mostly, I hope others can learn from all this and recover.
So, where am I in the process?
Symptoms that have improved since 2010:
- Vertigo (started in 2011 and improved in 2014)
- Joint pain
- Muscle pain
- Headache frequency and severity
- Food intolerance (major victory!)
What still plagues me:
- Brain fog
- Fatigue (worse)
- Anxiety (worse)
- Insomnia (worsened in 2012)
- Adrenal and thyroid problems
- Chronic yeast (worse since ABX)
- Mild dizziness/lightheadedness (worse in recent weeks)
- Tinnitus (worse)
- Chemical sensitivities
- General fragility
As far as I know I have four underlying problems that are interrelated:
- Tick-borne infections
- Mercury and lead poisoning
- Chronic yeast
- Mold intolerance
My doctor thinks that I got on top of the Borrelia and Babesia. (Hurray!) I will continue to use natural antimicrobials and a Rife machine for these bugs. Unfortunately, my doctors can only guess what’s driving the rest of my symptoms.
I’ve been using a high fat diet to improve mitochondrial function, known as the Mito Food Plan. I haven’t noticed any positive effects. Yeast treatment and detox continue to be my most important treatments. However, when I stop the prescription antifungals I relapse, despite a moderate carb, low sugar diet. I’m still trying natural antifungals to see if I tolerate them and if they are effective.
The frustrating thing is the variability of my symptoms. I felt so well last summer and fall, then relapsed during the winter/spring. Despite the frustration, I still believe that my body can heal if given the right tools. So in the coming weeks I plan to research treatments for my remaining problems, talk to my doctor, and create a plan. I suspect that I need more work on the mold and metals part of the problem. This will be the focus of my upcoming posts.